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Issue 3 
February 1, 2008 

Inside this Issue: 

Navy Medicine Welcomes New 
FORCE Master Chief 

Bremerton Nurse Keeps Lineage 
Legacy Alive 

Medical Team Provides Services to 3 
CJTF-HOA Personnel 

Navy Conducts Pregnancy and 
Parenthood Survey 

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Navy and Marine 
Corps Medical News 

A Public Affairs Publication of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 

Naval Hospital Corps School Instructor 
Selected as NMSC, BUMED 2007 SOY 

By Mass Communications Specialist 
r* Class (SW) Nick De La Cruz, 
Navy Medicine Support Command 
Public Affairs 

VILLE, Fla. - NMSC's Regional 
Sailor of the Year, a Naval Hospital 
Corps School instructor, was recog- 
nized in Washington, DC, on Jan. 
24 as the Bureau of Medicine and 
Surgery (BUMED) Sailor of the Year 
for 2007. 

Hospital Corpsnnan 1^^ Class 
(SW) Ashley Lee Thomason was 
introduced as Navy Medicine's SOY 
by Vice Adm. Adann M. Robinson, 
Surgeon General of the Navy, dur- 
ing the Surgeon General's 2008 
Leadership Conference. 

"I was very excited, but I was 
also in disbelief at the same time," 

Thomason said. "I still cannot be- 
lieve that I have been selected as 

The Excel, Ala., native said his 
selection as the NMSC and now BU- 
MED SOY was "a culmination of my 
efforts as well as all those people 
who have mentored me and all 
those subordinates who have 
worked so hard for me." 

Thomason said his near-future 
plans are to continue to prepare for 
chief petty officer as well as the 
next level of competition at the Vice 
Chief of Naval Operations board. 
"My goal from day one in the Navy 
has been to make master chief and 
to retire after 30 years of naval ser- 
vice," Thomason said. 

A veteran of only six and a half 
years, Thomason first earned SOY 

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Navy Medicine Welcomes New FORCE IVIaster Chief 

By Christine A. Mahoney, U.S. Navy 
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 
Public Affairs 

WASHI NGTON - The Navy's 
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 
welconned a new FORCE Master 
Chief to the helm of the Navy's 
medical enlisted community in Oct. 

FORCE Master Chief Laura A. 
Martinez took the helm of Navy 
Medicine's enlisted community on 
Oct. 26 during a change of charge 
ceremony at National Naval Medical 
Center Bethesda a location were 
she had also previously served as 
the Command Master Chief. 

"During my tenure as FORCE 
Master Chief, my priority will be to 
continue to train our Hospital 
Corpsmen by making sure they get 
the very best training, as I have 
done throughout my naval career." 
said Martinez. "Also, we must con- 

tinue to train our Corpsmen to have 
other skills they need to serve side 
by side with their fellow Sailors and 
Marines. We can't lose focus on 
training because it represents the 
future of the Hospital Corps and 
Navy Medicine." 

Martinez began her medical ca- 
reer prior to enlisting in the Navy. 
She attended college first studying 
for a degree in medical records. 
"Even when I was young, I always 
had an interest in the medical field 
and wanted to do something in this 
field," she said. "When I got the 
opportunity I decided to join the 
Navy. I'm from a real small town in 
Louisiana. And I'm the oldest of 11 
children. It was a very tough time 
because my father was a share 
cropper and it was very tough. So I 
wanted to go to college and I did, 
and I've always wanted to be in the 
military. After I graduated college 
and enlisted in the Navy. That was 

FORCE Master Chief Laura A. Martinez 
photo provided by Bureau of Medicine and 
Surgery Public Affairs 

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Bremerton Nurse Keeps Lineage Legacy Alive 

By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital 
Bremerton Public Affairs Office 

BREMERTON, Wa. - The last 
time Lt. j.g. Wendy McDaniel de- 
ployed, the experience not only en- 
hanced her professional nursing 
ability, it also had a profound per- 
sonal consequence on her entire 
life. She acquired the skills for her 
chosen career path, as well as nnet 
her future husband. This time 
around, the Naval Hospital Bremer- 
ton (NHB) nurse expects her time 
to be filled with expanding her 
nursing skills, with perhaps the 
chance to follow in family footsteps. 

McDaniel was amongst other 
NHB staff members who bid fare- 
well to family, friends, co-workers 
and command echelon as they de- 
parted for Expeditionary Medical 
Facility (EMF) Kuwait in mid- 
January, continuing on a trend from 
the previous year. 

"We are doing a role- reversal on 
this deployment," said Joe McDan- 
iel, retired Navy hospital corpsman, 
who will handle combined parental 
roles. "She was home when I was 
with the Marine Corps in Iraq be- 

tween 2003 and 2005. That experi- 
ence was invaluable for me and will 
be the same for Wendy working at 
EMF Kuwait." 

In 2002, when Wendy was a 
hospital corpsman on deployment 
alternate status that she completely 
immersed herself in practical nurs- 
ing studies. "In that pre- 
deployment environment, I learned 
so much, and was taught by some 
of the best," she said. "That experi- 
ence was the best thing to ever 
happen for me, because it gave me 
the confidence, skills and knowl- 
edge to apply in the Navy Nursing 
School." It was also during that 
time that she and Joe met, before 
he departed for foreign shores and 
'Boots on Ground" duty. 

This deployment is not only tak- 
ing McDaniel over to a part of the 
world her husband has already 
been, but also has her following in 
her father's sandy footsteps. Her 
father was in the U.S. Air Force and 
stationed in Saudi Arabia in the 
1960s. "There are a few things my 
dad did that I want to also be able 
to do," McDaniel admitted. "I want 
to stand on the shore and see the 

waters of the Gulf. I especially 
want to ride a camel. We have a 
picture of him on a back of a camel, 
and I want the same opportunity 
and take the same type of picture, 
so then we can put them side by 
side at home." 

Approximately 50 personnel 
from NHB are currently forward de- 
ployed, with almost an equal num- 
ber to follow, giving NHB over 11 
percent of the active duty popula- 
tion supporting ongoing and up- 
coming operations overseas. 

If there is a locale where one 
spouse can follow the other, as well 
as father, the Navy Central Com- 
mand Area of Operations (NAVCENT 
AOR) offers up the opportunity. 
Medical forces continue to answer 
the call of duty, with almost 3,800 
doctors, nurses and corpsmen for- 
ward deployed, providing the bulk 
of personnel for Navy operational 
commitments, not only in NAVCENT 
AOR, but around the world. 

For Lt. j.g. Wendy McDaniel, 
her deployment will add to her 
growth as part of the Navy Nurses 
Corps, as well as to her lineage leg- 

Medical Team Provides Services to CJTF-HOA Personnel 

By Air Force Staff Sgt. J ennifer 
Redente, Combined J oint Task 
Force-Horn of Africa Public Affairs 

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - 

The primary mission of Expedition- 
ary Medical Force (EMF) 12 is to 
provide medical services to more 
than 1,800 personnel assigned to 
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of 
Africa (CJTF-HOA) at the Seth 
Michaud Emergency Medical and 
Dental Facility at Camp Lemonier. 

"The primary function of the 
EMF in this deployed environment is 
to provide acute medical and dental 
care to CJTF-HOA and Camp 
Lemonier personnel," said Lt. Cmdr. 
(Dr.) Michael J. Barker, EMF 12 
general surgeon and senior medical 
officer. "We also provide emergent 
and limited elective surgical care. 
In support of this mission, we pro- 
vide preventive medicine services, 
physical therapy, pharmacy, labora- 
tory and radiological services." 

In a given week, the EMF, 
staffed by 35 Sailors, sees an aver- 

age of 315 patients for medical ser- 

"The most common medical ser- 
vice provided is military sick call, 
which usually treats respiratory in- 
fections, gastro-intestinal illness, 
dermatologic conditions and ortho- 
pedic injuries," said Barker. "The 
EMF is not equipped to provide spe- 
cialty care due to limited resources 
such as diagnostic equipment." 

When service members require 
more assistance than what is avail- 
able at Camp Lemonier patients are 
seen at Bouffard French military 
hospital in Djibouti, which has the 
equipment to treat their symptoms 

EMF 12 is able to assist not only 
fellow Sailors, but their fellow ser- 
vice members as well. 

"All special operations personnel 
depend on conventional military 
units like the Camp Lemonier EMF 
to provide surgical care and support 
for our warriors," said Army Col. 
(Dr.) Michael P. Mouri, Special Op- 
erations Command flight surgeon 

NMSC, BUMED 2007 SOY continued... 

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at Naval Hospital Corps School, an 
echelon-5 command, where he's 
been stationed for 13 months. He 
then competed at the echelon-4 
level and was selected to represent 
the Navy Medicine Manpower, Per- 
sonnel, Training and Education 

Thomason traveled to Jackson- 
ville shortly after the New Year to 
compete against SOYs from three 
other NMSC echelon-4 commands - 
Navy and Marine Corps Public 
Health Center in Portsmouth, Va.; 
Naval Medical Research Center in 
Silver Spring, Md.; and Naval Medi- 
cal Logistics Command at Fort 
Detrick, Md. - as well as the NMSC 
headquarters SOY here. He then 
competed in Washington, DC, at 
the BUMED echelon-2 level against 
the regional SOYs from Navy Medi- 
cine West in San Diego, Navy Medi- 
cine National Capitol Area in Wash- 
ington, DC, and Navy Medicine East 
in Portsmouth, Va.. He was se- 

lected Jan. 23. 

Naval Hospital Corps School is 
Thomason's third duty station. His 
previous tours include Naval Hospi- 
tal Cherry Point, N.C., and USS 
Carney (DDG - 64), home-ported 
at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. 

As an instructor, Thomason is 
responsible for training, molding 
and mentoring 430 students 
through the basic hospital corps 
school curriculum. 

"I instruct classes of 65 students 
quarterly on basic hospital corps- 
man fundamentals, emergency care 
and nursing procedures," Thomason 

He also serves as the school's com- 
mand color guard coordinator. 

"As Corps School's command 
color guard coordinator, I am re- 
sponsible for training and leading 
120 color guardsmen in performing 
various military ceremonies 
throughout Navy Region Midwest," 
Thomason added. 

Aside from making master chief, 
Thomason also intends to pursue 

and diving medical officer. "We are 
most fortunate and appreciative to 
have a medical and nursing staff 
commanded by Navy Capt. (Dr.) 
J ulie L. Miavez to care for our op- 
erators, other joint forces and con- 
tractors stationed here." 

Recently a patient assigned to 
SOCCE had an elective surgery, 
which enabled him to not only stay 
in the deployed location, but the 
capabilities of the EMF provided him 
a short recuperation. 

"Laparoscopic surgery offers 
many advantages over older, tradi- 
tional techniques," he said. "For the 
patient, it is minimally invasive, 
meaning less trauma to the tissues, 
reduced pain and faster recovery 
time with a decreased chance of 

"If Dr. Michael J. Barker, who 
completed a laparoscopic surgical 
fellowship, was not here, we would 
have had to evacuate our senior 
enlisted advisor back to the United 

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Hospital Corpsman 1'^ Class (SW) Ashley 
Lee Thomason photo provided by Navy 
Medicine Support Command Public Affairs 

higher education and earn his 
bachelor's degree. 

February 1, 2008 

Page 4 

YOKOSUKA, Japan - Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Victor Brown 
demonstrates how to properly apply a splint during the 7th Fleet 
Specialty Conference at U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Yokosuka. 
The conference gave area independent duty hospital corpsmen 
(IDC) and general medical officers (GMO) training on specific 
types of diagnoses, examination techniques, and various treat- 
ment options. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 
Seaman Kari R. Bergman 

FORCE continued. 

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28 years ago in April 1979. When I came into the mili- 
tary, I came in for life." 

When Martinez entered the Navy, she came in to work 
in the communications field because hospital corpsman 
was not an available opportunity at that moment. She 
stated, "When I came through boot camp, at that point, 
they didn't have anything available for the hospital corps- 
men rating. I really wanted to be a hospital corpsman. 
They brought me in I was going to do communications. 
When you go through boot camp, they bring you back 
through classification. So when I went back through clas- 
sification, I talked to the classifier and I said, "I don't 
really want to do that." And he said, "Ok." So I said, "I 
really want to be a hospital corpsman." And he looked, 
and that's how I became a hospital corpsman because 
that is what I truly wanted to do." 

After successfully completing recruit boot camp and 
receiving a top notch medical education, Martinez went to 
her first duty station Naval Regional Medical Center 
(NRMC) Orlando. "My first duty station, I got to work in a 
hospital. I got to do patient care. I was the senior corps- 
man of the intensive care unit (ICU) unit. So I got to do 
that patient care side. I got to take care of people. I got 
to do what I came into the Navy to do," she said. 

While serving at NRMC Orlando, Martinez met the per- 
son who would stand by her for the rest of her career and 
her life, her husband. "My husband, Marty, was also an 
enlisted Sailor. He was a driver for one of our surgeons. 
Marty is now a retired Senior Chief. We have two chil- 
dren. Our son graduated from Wake Forest last year and 
is now a photographer in Atlanta. Our daughter is a stu- 
dent at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, 
NC. We both worked really hard to stay focus on having 
good careers and good children," said Martinez. 

With the ongoing War on Terrorism, "jointness" has 
become a military buzzword to define the ongoing con- 
vergence of the military personnel to work together on a 
particular mission, especially military medical personnel. 
"Some of that's being experimented which is good be- 
cause we got Landstuhl which is a joint medical facility 
with all three services working there. We have a Master 

Chief that's there to make sure that the Sailors are taken 
care of. But there has to be jointness. There is some 
jointness there. We are learning," said Martinez. 

She continued. "This learning process will increase 
when the military enlisted medical training schools move 
to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. We are 
learning to not only understand our differences, our cul- 
tures, but to embrace our differences, but also to say, 
you know, there are a lot of things we do alike. As we 
move forward as military healthcare, you're going to see 
more jointness because there are a lot of folks our there 
that are saying why can't we do this together." 

With ever-changing job demands and new world chal- 
lenges. Hospital Corpsmen may be wondering what they 
need to do to ensure they are at the top of their game 
and have successful Naval careers. According to Marti- 
nez, creating goals will help Sailors, not just Hospital 
Corpsmen, focus and map out the means to achieve their 

"I always tell my sailors, select a goal, work towards 
that goal, and attain the goal. Your first goal should be 
to learn your job and do it well. A Sailor may want to go 
to college, make third class petty officer during the next 
exam cycle, make Chief Petty Officer," said Martinez. 
"These are great goals, but your first goal should always 
be to learn your job and do your job well. Learn your 
job, learn from your mentors and do the best work you 
can do. Learn to be a hospital corpsman and provide the 
best medical care your job requires of you." 

Martinez's tour of duty as Navy Medicine FORCE Mas- 
ter Chief will continue for the next couple of years. What 
plans does Martinez have when this tour is completed? 
Retire. "I have a very fulfilling Naval career and a fulfill- 
ing life. After this tour, both of my children will be done 
with college and my husband and I want to retire to San 
Antonio, TX. That's where we want to go and just enjoy 
our lives together and travel. I also want to spend time 
with my best friend, of over 30 years, spend some time 
with her and her husband and do some travelling. That's 
what we want to do. I tell my children all the time all I 
ever wanted to do is to put two successful citizens out 
into the world. That was my husband and mine goal and 
we achieved it." 

February 3 

Navy Conducts Pregnancy and Parent- 
hood Survey 

By Lt. Cmdr. Kim Dixon, Chief of Naval Personnel Diversity Directorate 

WASHI NGTON - The Navy is looking for input fronn nnore than 50,000 
Navy men and women to help understand the impact of pregnancy and par- 
enthood on Navy readiness by asking them to participate in the biennial 
Pregnancy and Parenthood Survey. 

In a Navy first, nearly every woman in the Navy, more than 41,000, 
along with 9,000 men, will receive a letter inviting them to participate in the 
survey. This 2008 survey is particularly important as it includes questions 
to gauge reaction to the June 2007 revision of OPNAVINST 6000. IC, Preg- 
nancy and Parenthood instruction. 

"Participating in the survey is one of the ways to truly have an impact on 
Navy policy," said Lt. Stephanie Miller, head of the Navy's Women's Policy 
office. "Many of the changes we made in the recent revision to the Preg- 
nancy and Parenthood instruction were the result of the data we received 
from the 2003 and 2005 surveys." 

The Pregnancy and Parenthood survey has been held since 1988, cover- 
ing topics such as family care plans, the impact of individual augmentee as- 
signments, single parenthood, sexual health training, family planning, birth 
control, and pregnancy. 

"Changes such as the operational deferment, adoption leave, and man- 
dated command support for breastfeeding service women (as outlined in 
OPNAVINST 6000. IC) all came from survey feedback," she said. "We're 
hoping to use this year's survey as a way to gauge reaction to those 
changes in our effort to improve quality of life for military families," said 

The survey will be open for approximately eight weeks, until the end of 
March. As in previous versions, men and women will receive the same ques- 
tions, except where minor gender-appropriate wording changes were re- 
quired. Men will not receive pregnancy-specific questions. 

While usernames are required to log into the web survey, all identifying 
information will be deleted from the data set during analysis to maintain the 
anonymity of the respondents. Results will be statistically weighted by pay 
grade and gender to be representative of the Navy population. 

The survey results will be used to review related pregnancy and parent- 
hood policies for potential revision and to update the Navy's sexual health 
training GMT programs. 

The Navy Personnel Command's Navy Personnel Research, Studies and 
Technology office is conducting the survey. Questions on the survey may be 
sent to the project director, Zannette Uriell, at DSN 882-4641, (901) 874- 
4641, zannette. uriell(a)navy. mil . 


Med Team contin- 

(Continued from page 3) 

States for surgery and lost his ser- 
vices for two to three months," said 
the SOCCE surgeon. "Instead, he 
gets all four hernias repaired in a 
combat zone theater and returns to 
work in two days. That kind of ser- 
vice is invaluable for a tactical line 
commander, especially in special 
operations where our staff is tradi- 
tionally very small in number." 

Being able to assist patients and 
their commanders, like the SOCCE 
community, is part of the many 
pleasures the EMF 12 staff share, 
but there are other enjoyments this 
deployment has brought to the staff 
as well. 

"I like the camaraderie that you 
get with the medical team, which 
entails corpsmen, doctors and 
nurses from all over," said Hospital 
Corpsman 2nd Class Matthew E. 
Thompson, EMF 12. "It's a job of 
constant learning and evolving to 
become a better technician or a 
better corpsman." 

As with similar enjoyments, EMF 
12 also share their dislikes of being 
away from their family, which in- 
cluded the holiday season during 
the six-month deployment, but the 
medical professionals understand it 
is a part of the serving their coun- 

"The chance to serve in a loca- 
tion where people are truly making 
a difference in the lives of others, 
and hopefully, those changes will 
be such that all of our contributions 
will help to increase the security of 
our nations and contribute to the 
welfare of all humanity," said Chief 
Hospital Corpsman Shane O. 
Chung, an EMF 12 independent 
duty corpsman. 

CJTF-HOA's mission is to pro- 
vide support in preventing conflict, 
promoting regional stability, pro- 
tecting coalition interests and pre- 
vailing against extremism in east 

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